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Broadview couple celebrates 101st birthdays together

Marion and Joe Epler were born just nine days apart. On Sunday, they will celebrate their 101st birthdays together at the Ida Culver House at 12505 Greenwood Ave. N. in Broadview.
The photo below is from their 100th birthday last year.

The Eplers will celebrate with more than 100 of their family and friends – and a three-piece jazz band.

Both Joe and Marion were born in February 1911, Joe on February 18 and Marion on February 27. They met 81 years ago in Seattle and remained friends over the years. Joe and Marion married about 20 yeas ago. It is a second marriage for both; each lost a spouse.
“We don’t move as fast as we used to but we do manage to have fun,” says Joe Epler, a retired fire fighter who also owned a small business and served on the Seattle School Board. “We are headed down to Spring Training again to cheer on the Mariners.”
Together, Joe and Marion stay active and involved. They are avid Mariners fans that travel to Arizona for Spring Training in March every year. For their 90th birthday they took a trip around the world. During the holidays the Eplers volunteer for the Salvation Army by ringing the bell at a kettle inside Northgate Mall.